The Knit Dress
I just heard a story from a friend of mine that I think is worth sharing.
He told me that many years ago, his wife was teaching at a school in Brooklyn. One of her students, a little girl, would sometimes come to school in a beautiful knit dress. My friend’s wife also noticed that as time passed, and as the little girl grew, the knit dress was adjusted to fit her.
One evening, at a parent/teachers conference, my friend’s wife met the little girl’s mother and asked her if there was a story behind the lovely knit dress. The little girl’s mother said that there certainly was. She said that the dress saved her life. During the Second World War, the little girl’s mother was a prisoner at Auschwitz, where was a housemaid for one of the officers. The officer found out that she knew how to knit, so he ordered her to knit a dress for his daughter. There came a time when she was slated for extermination in the gas chambers, but she hadn’t finished knitting the dress, so the officer had her spared so she could continue knitting.
Before she finished the dress, the war ended, and she was liberated. In the fullness of time, she came to America and had a daughter. She finished knitting the dress, and gave it to her daughter to wear. Her daughter, who’s very existence was a miracle, was thereby able to wear the very thing that saved her mother’s life, and had made her own life possible.
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